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90

The A.V. Club

With solid, stately acting, and landscapes that could convert atheists, The Horse Whisperer tugs heartstrings without seeming self-conscious.
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90

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Mr. Redford has found his own visually eloquent way to turn the potboiler into a panorama, with a deep-seated love for the Montana landscape against which his rapturously beautiful film unfolds.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A film as rich in its visual presentation as it is in its emotional resonance.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
A countrified, monolithic thing of beauty -- gorgeous to behold despite the fact that its overlong two-hour-and-45-minute running time plays off Redford's weather-beaten golden boy good looks far too often for its own good.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
All the nuggets of spoken wisdom rattle around with a tad too much space and (at 2 1/2 hours plus) too much length.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Robert Redford has shown that he has a real feeling for the West--he's not a movie tourist--and there is a magnificence in his treatment here that dignifies what is essentially a soap opera.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Curl your cynical lip if you want, but there's a place for heartwarming, life-affirming, even weepy dramas, and Robert Redford brings the best-selling novel about a traumatized teen and her wounded horse to the screen with dignity and restraint.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
The film finally seems to stagger under the weight of its own significance.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Redford's storytelling skills aren't strong enough to make the tale appear as seamless as it should.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
It says something about this movie that Redford is at his most compelling playing opposite a nag.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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